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Education Update: 1/28/15

Education Update is a weekly blog post highlighting recent developments in the world of education. The linked articles and summaries are not endorsements, rather frame points of view to begin conversations about the state of education, trends, and how we as designers can play an active role in shaping schools. 501 more words


Schools are failing our kids: Graduates are not learning what they need.

Our schools are failing our kids.

They are failing because they are monopolies, exempt from competition.  If schools would actually run more like businesses, things would turn around. 1,349 more words

Public Education

Back on the Chain Gang

This article appeared in the Guardian today by ex-Secretary of State Estelle Morris. It prompted a bit of a trip down memory lane. You see, I worked for Estelle Morris when I was at the DFE. 2,669 more words

Education Policy

What Do Charter Schools and Ice Cream Have in Common?

Which kind of ice cream is better: vanilla or non-vanilla? This is a poorly constructed question, but one that I think is similar to a question often asked about education. 515 more words

Solving the Student Debt Problem?

Today’s New York Times has an excellent article by Kevin Carey on the current status of federal student loans, “A Quiet Revolution is Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt… 367 more words

Jack Heidel

Dear "Outstanding Teacher"

Dear “Outstanding Teacher”,

I’ve just read your secret teacher letter to Ofsted in the guardian and I have to say I was unimpressed. You mention time and time again that you’ve done things to tick boxes because that’s what you thought the rules were. 254 more words


A tale of two classes

Two things happened this week that seemed entirely linked. The first occurred in a year 10 lesson, we were finding the area and perimeter of sectors and one lad said “why can’t you just give us the formula and not bother showing where it comes from?”. 230 more words